The Compassionate Care Bereavement Program
A program that consists of a variety of Bereavement Support Services and Events that our Hospice Society provides to aide in ones overall bereavement and mental health journey, prior to or following, the death of their loved one.
The program includes both structured and unstructured group or individual bereavement supports sessions, memorial events, bereavement initiatives, holiday support, companionship, art therapy, nature therapy, group activities, death cafes, and grief education.
There are three needs of a griever: to find the words for the loss, to say the words aloud, and to know that the words have been heard.
The Compassionate Care Hospice Society is excited to announce we have had our 2nd round of volunteers complete their Bereavement Facilitator Training!
What does this mean for our Society?
We have now doubled the amount of volunteers trained to offer 8-week bereavement support groups to our community members!
Our first volunteer group was trained in November of 2022 and has since been running many successful support groups. This free 8-week program is available to our community members who are in need of bereavement support following the loss of a loved one.
The demand for this service has surpassed our expectations and we are thrilled to have another 6 volunteers equipped with the tools needed to help our friends and neighbours who may be struggling with loss.
Many thanks to Live & Learn Events & Education for travelling to Rocky Mountain House once again and providing this important training to our volunteers. We would also like to express our sincerest gratitude to the “earth angel” volunteers who take this training into our community and provide needed supports to those struggling. Thank you for gifting your time to this important work.
On August 21, 2022 CCHS had the pleasure of hosting a Butterfly Release Ceremony in partnership with the Good Samaritan Society for our Hospice families.
Families whom have had a loved one venture through our Hospice since opening in 2019 were invited to come release a butterfly in memory of their lost family member. It was a beautiful tribute with soft music playing in the background and a family picnic.
Many thanks to Tim Hortons RMH for providing refreshments, to Gerry and Jo Bradshaw for sharing their musical talent with us, and to Rocky Support Services for the use of their tents.
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Memorial Rock Painting
A free family friendly event where rocks were painted in loving memory of passed loved ones.
Stay tuned for our next
Memorial Rock Painting Event!
How to Help Someone Who Is Grieving
Be a good listener
Respect the person's way of grieving
Avoid giving advice
Refrain from trying to explain the loss
Help out with practical task
Stay connected and available
Offer words that touch the heart
Fully trained local volunteers for:
Support in home, facility or hospice suite
Emotional, psychological and spiritual support
Help for families coping with loss and grief during illness and bereavement.